Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
2.7/5 rDev -33.8%
dark amber/copper body, clear glassy, looks good, head has nice lacing but not much retention... the aroma has tons of cloves, a bit of nutmeg spice, bready throughout, not bad... the taste is extremely clovey with tons of wheat, loses the spice, pretty alcoholic... average
05-30-2011 14:54:54 | More by jrallen34
2.83/5 rDev -30.6%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of tan head that fades to a layer.
Smell: Very fruity with lots of banana and mild roast. Smells a bit like banana runts.
Taste: Sweet malt with lots of banana. Just a little roast and a bit spicy. Crisp given the abv.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Not my favorite. I thought the banana flavor was way to strong and didn't allow for many other flavors to come through.
06-26-2011 17:09:45 | More by oline73
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a rather dark brown body with an unabashedly tall, foamy, faint ecru-colored head.
Smell: Spicy notes of peppery and clove reach well ahead of the slow-pokey scents of dark wheat, sugar-free chocolate and banana puddings, and alcohol marinating dark fruits.
Taste: A sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles and a drop or two of sweet caramel over a single slice of toasted wheat bread. Then a brief curtain call of golden raisin, banana, chewing gum, and cloves. Sip of diet cola. Then, a flash of sharp, cutting cloves and coarse liquor right before the semi-dry, lightly chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. The carbonation flees the drink in a real hurry, leaving the beer a bit flat within minutes.
Overall: Sorry, NB, but I'm not too keen on this LoF release. In the taste you almost had me, then lost me real fast.
06-21-2011 18:21:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.1/5 rDev -24%
Thanks to heyta for the bottle. Served in a tulip because I like it that way.
Pours a very, very dark brown that borders on black. This looks like a stout, not a dunkel. Way too dark. Aside from that, small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin collar and some galaxy swirls on top. The nose has a very small amount of chocolate along with some banana and clove. The yeasty components take a big backseat to the malt, and this is especially true in the flavor. Far too big and malty without much of a yeasty component. Medium body with low carbonation for the style. Overall, not a big fan of this one. I guess you can't really tell it's 9%, but that's about all it has going for it.
06-05-2011 22:34:59 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a red-tinged dark brown, plenty of colour to it, with very nice beige head; fairly pale with nice density, sinks slowly but surely to a thin crown of bubbles with some wonderful lacing left behind. Looks pretty damn great.
Smells a bit completely insane. Massive weizen esters, but leaning heavily on the candy banana side, with huge banana sweetness. Also an equally odd side-note of smoke, with some bacon and charred wood, and maybe some peach in the mix as well. Totally didn't expect that, and I'm glad. Quite fascinating, I'm glad it blind-sided me but still, it's a bit too odd for me to love it.
Taste starts out banana cake-esque, there's plenty of that weizeny banana flavour but also a gooey sweet cake batter note with hints of butter and caramel. Not really a lot of dark notes which is a bit incongruous with the look and style, and it really just ends up fruity with more of that seed-heavy banana note. If I were a banana fan I might like it, but A) I'm not, and B) I'm also disappointed that there seems so little else to it, especially given the intrigue of the nose.
Not a bad feel, with a bit of body to it, slightly dry at the back and a bit heavy. Not bad.
Too much banana. What's great about good weizens is the balance between fruit and spice, and there's really a want of spice here. Decent brew, but a bit one-note.
05-19-2012 03:18:18 | More by laituegonflable
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a deep caramel brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to leave traces along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring around the edge.
Smell: The heavenly aroma of dunkelweizen, though tinged with black pepper spice. Immediately noticeable are scents of apple, banana, and bubblegum. There is also caramel, clove, and black pepper spice that makes the nostrils tingle a little.
Taste: The black pepper is more noticeable in the flavor, where it introduces each sip with a nice spice kick. It overpowers everything else, frankly, until the beer warms. It's almost as if I have a waiter cranking away at a grinder over my glass. However, when it does fade flavors of apple, banana, and caramel emerge, thankfully balancing the black pepper so it is tolerable. The rather substantial ABV for a dunkelweizen is very well masked.
Drinkability: Tasty stuff, but it lacks the usual potency of dunkelweizen. It is obviously not true to style on purpose, but the uniqueness of the pepper spice gets old quickly.
02-25-2011 05:14:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
This beer pours a dirty brown, dark hazelnut. Hazy. Light foaming, almost soda pop looking.
Aroma is more sweet than spicy. Being from NB it fooled me into thinking it would have more of a yeasty aroma. Banana and clove are muddled by a caramel-like sweetness. Nothing bad, just threw me off a bit.
More bready in the taste. The caramel turns away from the sweeter side and more to a baked side. Slight spice in the middle, perhaps some nutmeg. Jolly Rancher sweet all over. Candied. Not sure. Getting no banana and slight clove.
Carbonation takes the cake and lifts away the flavors, which were not all that solid. A nice beer, a bit hollow though.
09-09-2011 05:21:49 | More by Mebuzzard
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Pours a dark brown color with a small head for a wheat beer. Ok retention and lacing.
Nose is very clove oriented with a decent dose of bananas. Alcohol is big, real big for this style. Malts are far in the background, but maybe a touch of chocolate is there.
Taste is much softer than the nose indicates and the chocolate comes out to play a bit more. Yeasty esters are all over the place, from bubblegum to banana to clove. Little bit of tart wheat, maybe even some coriander? Alcohol is the main detractor for me on this beer, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, it is a pretty well done dunkelweizen with plenty of yeast character.
03-12-2011 18:39:07 | More by twiggamortis420
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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